How To Paint Your Nails So They Don’t Smudge: A blog about nail polish, how to apply it and what to do if you end up smudging your nails.
There are a few reasons why your nail polish might smudge:
1. You didn’t apply a base coat
2. You didn’t shake the bottle before applying
3. You applied too much polish at once
4. You did not let your nails dry properly in between coats
5. You applied topcoat too soon or too late (this is a pretty common one)
It’s the worst feeling in the world. You’ve just spent a good hour painting your nails, only to accidentally bump something and smudge one of them! It seems like it doesn’t matter what you do, how careful you are or how long you wait for them to dry, you always end up with at least one smudged nail.
It can be very frustrating, especially if you’re in a rush and don’t have time to fix your nails. Luckily, there are some things that can be done to prevent this from happening. Read on for our tips and tricks on how to paint your nails so they don’t smudge!
1. Use A Quick Dry Topcoat
Applying a quick dry topcoat is the best way to prevent smudges, hands down. There are plenty of different brands and types out there, but we highly recommend Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat as it dries super fast without leaving any bubbles or marks on your nails.
Smudge-proof nails. It’s what we all want, but so few of us are able to achieve it. Don’t get me wrong, painting your nails is fun, but what happens when you accidentally smudge your beautiful manicure? You’re left with a half-baked nail job that looks sloppy and unprofessional just minutes after applying it.
Looking for a foolproof way to apply nail polish that results in a perfectly polished finish every time? Just follow these 10 simple steps:
1. Prep your nails by trimming them evenly and giving them a good filing.
2. Add one coat of an ultra-drying base coat to help seal the nail and prevent discoloration from dark-colored polish.
3. Apply one thin layer of polish and allow it to dry completely before applying the second coat.
4. Once the second coat has dried, add a topcoat layer of clear polish to seal in color and give the nails a shiny finish.
5. It is important to let your polish dry completely before doing any sort of strenuous activity with your hands or putting on any tight clothing that could rub up against the nails while they are wet. This could result in serious smudging!
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how to paint your nails like a pro. But once you’ve got your nail art down, you need to focus on making sure it lasts as long as possible.
If you’re like me and don’t have a lot of time for touch-ups, you’ll want to avoid smudging your nails at all costs. Here are the best ways to make sure your manicure lasts all week long.
1. Start with a good base coat – Prepping your nails properly is key to preventing any chipping or peeling. Apply a ridge-filling base coat to smooth out any ridges in your nails (these will show through any color you put over it). Follow that up with a layer of regular clear polish to help the color adhere better and prevent staining. Once you’ve done that, apply two thin coats of color and let it dry completely in between layers.
2. Use top coat sparingly – On average, it takes about 8 hours for nail polish to fully dry and reach its maximum hardness, according to Cosmopolitan (via Byrdie). You can speed up this process by applying a quick-drying top coat on day one, but be careful
So you just painted your nails a nice color, but you’re worried that they might smudge. This can be a problem if you are trying to get ready for an event or if you have to go to work. You could try to remember not to touch anything, but this can be difficult and annoying. However, there are things that you can do in order to help your nails dry faster and avoid smudging them.
Method 1 Drying with Household Items
Use a blow dryer. While drying with a blow dryer is not always the best option for drying your nails, it is often the most effective method and will get the job done faster than other options. The heat from the blow dryer will help speed up the drying process of your nail polish and prevent any chance of smudging.
Consider using a hair dryer on its cool setting. Using a hair dryer on its cool setting can be more effective than using it on its warm setting for drying nail polish quickly without smudging it. It might take longer than a blow dryer, but it should allow you enough time to get dressed and put your shoes on before you risk smudging your nails.
Freeze your nails.
One of the worst feelings has got to be looking down at your nails to see you have smudged your polish. How could this happen? You waited for the polish to dry and then you went about your business not realizing that you were going to get a smudge right where everyone can see it.
Well, there are a few things you can do to prevent this from happening. For starters, make sure you allow plenty of time for the polish to dry. If you’re in a hurry, then I would suggest doing only one or two nails at a time so that you can let each coat dry completely before moving on.
You can also use a quick dry top coat. It doesn’t take too much longer than regular top coats and it will help dry your nails faster so that they are less likely to get smudged.
If the unthinkable happens and you do get a smudge somewhere on your nails, don’t worry, there is still hope. You can easily fix it with some nail polish remover and a q-tip. Just be careful when using the q-tip so that you don’t smear it further or mess up other parts of your nails.
If all else fails, start over again with